Russian Helicopters recently secured three contracts for a total of ten helicopters with its Chinese distributor, United Helicopters International.

The deal will see deliveries commence in late 2017 and conclude in 2018, says Russian Helicopters in a statement.

One contract is for five Kazan Ansat light twin helicopters equipped for the emergency medical services role, the first time an Ansat in this configuration will go to China.

"China is now facing a boom on the medical market," says United Helicopters managing director Li Xuefeng.

"We expect an increase in the use of medical aviation. The Chinese government is setting strict requirements for medical facilities in terms of technical reliability and high efficiency in relation to life-saving operations."

In addition, United will take three MiL Mi-171 helicopters configured for transport, and two Kamov Ka-32A11VS helicopters configured for firefighting. Russian Helicopters says the Ka-32's coaxial rotors make it particularly useful for fighting fires in cities.